Tremont, the Bronx- At 7:45 PM yesterday, NYPD officers fatally shot a man after he stabbed two female security guards at the Hughes Shelter. One guard sustained knife wounds to her arm and the other to her arm and chest. Both females were listed in serious condition at a nearby hospital.
At a press conference shortly after the shooting, NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan stated that two officers from the 48th Precinct received a call for an assault in progress at 1974 Hughes Avenue. Upon their arrival, they found Cornell Lockhart standing inside the lobby of the shelter with a knife in his right hand. Both officers told Mr. Lockhart to drop the knife, more than twenty times, however he failed to comply and approached them. At this point, both fired and hit Mr. Lockhart a total of nine times.
Mr. Lockhart was transported to St. Barnabas hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Upon reviewing security camera video from the shelter, the police determined that Mr. Locket stabbed two female security guards prior to the officers’ arrival on scene. One female was stabbed in her arm, the other in her arm and her chest. Both were also transported to St. Barnabas where they were listed in serious condition.
Chief Terence stated that both officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the incident.
According to Chief Terrence, the Hughes Shelter is a place that many city hospitals and jails refer people to when they are discharged.
This past August, the 48th Precinct tweeted out a photo of Mr. Lockhart asking for assistance in locating him because he had gone missing. It is unclear whether Mr. Lockhart was ever located by police. It is common for the NYPD to request help in finding adults categorized as “special missing,” such as those with known mental health issues or dementia.
You can watch the full press conference in the video included below.
UPDATE: The body cam video was released on 11/29/17. You can view it on our site by clicking here.
Editor Note: our story has been edited from its original form to reflect updates we learned on November 29, 2017 when the NYPD clarified details on the incident.
Reporting and story by Brendan Walsh. Photos and video provided by NYPD.